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ASI dies during heart treatment, kin damage hospital property

ACP Raj Kumar pacifies protesters outside the Kulwant Heart Centre in Ludhiana. (Gurmeet Singh) ACP Raj Kumar pacifies protesters outside the Kulwant Heart Centre in Ludhiana. (Gurmeet Singh)
By: Express News Service | Ludhiana | Posted: February 12, 2014 5:47 am

The relatives of an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) who died while his angioplasty was going on at Kulwant Heart Centre damaged the hospital property on Monday night and blamed the doctors for this death.

The incident happened about 9.30 pm when the doctors declared ASI Avnish Sharma dead and informed his family.

However, the victim’s relatives could not bear this shock and they gathered in large numbers inside and outside the hospital. Then they broke windowpanes on the ground floor and first floor and later also gave a written complaint to the police authorities citing negligence in treatment.

The high drama continued for about an hour. Later, the relatives were pacified and the body was handed over to them. The hospital building is owned by neurosurgeon and president of Indian Medical Association, Punjab, Dr Manoj Sobti but he has given the first floor on lease to Kulwant Heart Centre.

Anju Sharma, wife of the deceased, said that three days back Avnish himself had gone to the hospital for check-up and he was admitted there.

Dr Kulwant Singh, a heart specialist, said, “The patient had been admitted to our centre for the past three days and he was diabetic. He had multiple blockages in his arteries and we had already informed the family about the risk of angioplasty. Two stents were placed in the vessels of his heart. Because of the severe disease, the patient had another heart attack during the procedure from which he was revived but after sometime he had subsequent heart attacks. We tried to revive him for two hours, but could not succeed. It is very easy to blame the doctors, but none of us was at fault.”

He said that the victim’s relatives later indulged in violence in their hospital due to which other serious patients felt disturbed. So far, no police complaint was made, but he said that he would be giving a complaint soon.

ACP Nilambari Jagdale said that they were taking action under Section 174 of the CrPC and were waiting for the  post-mortem report.

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